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Jon Porras

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  1. 1.
    Embers At Dusk
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  2. 2.
    Generative Counterpoint
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    Stochastic Return
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    Still Life
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  5. 5.
    Into Midnight
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For more than a decade, Jon Porras has carved out a sprawling, emotionally evocative niche of sound using a variety of sonic elements and associations in his solo work on such seminal imprints as Root Strata, Important, and Thrill Jockey.
But Porras has also been associated with a number of celebrated collaborations, with musicians Evan Caminiti (as Barn Owl), Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Ellen Fullman, Stephen O’Malley, Jacob Felix Heule, and visual artists Paul Clipson and Wilhelm Sasnal.
Tokonoma is Porras’ fifth solo work, ending the almost four-year silence since his last release. More than a comeback though, the album serves as one of Porras’ most enlightened works to date, touching on the dark, expansive tones explored on past releases and shedding light on Porras’ bright future.
Assembled gradually from layers of Yamaha DX7, physical modeling instruments, synthetic voices and analog tapes, processed with complex programming and outboard patching, the six pieces explore the musical possibilities of improvising against mathematically generated patterns. Through these chance operations, MIDI programming and other generative principles, Tokonoma uses algorithmic tools to reexamine composition in the age of information overload.

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